If You Were Born a Kitten
Marion Dane Bauer. Little Simon, $7.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-689-85329-6
Marion Dane Bauer's If You Were Born a Kitten (1997), illus. by JoEllen McAllister Stammen, makes a fitting board book, with just one line of text per spread, as it describes how 11 animals come into the world (""If you were born a kitten,/ you'd slip into the world in a/ silvery sac, and your mother/ would lick, lick, lick you free""). The book ends with a baby's birth: ""You rode curled beneath your mother's heart,/ growing and growing...."" In a starred review, PW called it ""lovingly maternal, soothing and perfect for bedtime.""
Reviewed on: 12/01/2002
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-689-80111-2
Open Ebook - 32 pages - 978-1-4814-4248-0
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-33705-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-20719-5